I think we've all heard the banter of talking heads, players and enthusiasts revolving around whether or not The Players Championship deserves to be evaluated in the same way as a Major, or formally considered such by golf's governing bodies. My argument, which will be laid out in the succeeding paragraphs, is that it doesn't.
Further, I believe the only two legitimate Majors are The Open Championship and The U.S. Open. I wasn't sure any golf literate or marginally sentient being could make such a claim when I took to my easy chair to massage my temples and consider this issue. However, I am now convinced that it is the most historically honest and consistent evaluation of the golfing calendar, even though I am neither beating the drum of reform or expecting any semblance of change, save for that of popular perception and (add this to Jon Stewart's list of "Sh*t That Will Never Happen) media sensationalizing.
Stop the press! What of Augusta… and the Masters… Amen Corner, patrons and not fans… Sarezen's double eagle… Green Jackets… Champions Dinners… Magnolia Drive?
Fear not. I'll deal with those concerns in another article. The beast in the trap is The Players. I'll approach Major classification next week, maybe. Before any of this, however, we need clarity and, alas, defintions.
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